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Breaking: ICC Opens Investigation Into Security Agencies in Nigeria Over “Crimes Against Humanity”

by Amadu Victor
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According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Court Of Justice (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has reportedly ordered a preliminary investigation into the allegations of war crimes leveled against against the Nigerian security agencies.

This was made known in a statement issued by the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, stating that a preliminary investigation has been launched into the various atrocities being perpetrated in Nigeria.

“As I stated last year at the annual Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or the ‘Court’), I intend to reach determinations on all files that have been under preliminary examination under my tenure, as far as I am able.”

“In that statement, I also indicated the high likelihood that several preliminary examinations would progress to the investigative stage. Following a thorough process, I can announce today that the statutory criteria for opening an investigation into the situation in Nigeria have been met.”


Fatou Bensouda also noted that she already found a good reason to believe the atrocities being committed by the Nigerian security forces thereby accused the Nigerian security forces of murder, rape, torture and cruel treatment and other various crimes against her citizens.

“The ICC found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian Security Forces (‘NSF’) have committed the following acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes: murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment; enforced disappearance; forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such and against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts.”

This is coming following series of allegations against the Nigerian Security Forces over the act of brutality being shown to her citizens. It should also be noted that the ICC report is coming after months of the #Endsars protest which took over the Nigerian space.

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